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Cy Young Award Newsbeat
Friday, September 12, 2014
0.920. Sale’s WHIP. Only three lefties have finished a season with a lower mark, and Sale is not old enough to remember any of them: Dave McNally (0.842) in 1968, Dutch Leonard (0.886) in 1914 and Doc White (0.903) in 1906.
30.28. This is Sale’s strikeout percentage, the best in the AL. He’s striking out almost every third batter he faces. Only one other lefty did it better in a full season, and that was Randy Johnson—twice. The Big Unit had a 34.24 mark in 1997 and a 33.95 percentage in 1995.
With all apologies to David Price, plenty of us have been saying for a while that Sale is baseball’s best lefty not named Kershaw, and now we have the numbers to better illustrate this point. Kershaw has a 213 ERA+ to go with Sale’s 196. No season prior to 2014 has seen two lefties put up numbers this high.
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